The Mariners and the Public Facilities District agreed in May on terms for a 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium. But the deal is contingent on the county council a proposal to send $180 million in hotel-motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.Guess Purple Lavendar Cork Peeptoe Slingback Heels Pumps,
A divided King County Council on Monday questioned the Mariners over a plan to give $180 million in public funds toward fixes at Safeco Field, kicking off a debate over whether the money could instead be used on housing.Dolce&Gabbana Black D & G Dolce & Gabbana Woven Heels 38.5 Pumps,
The Mariners and the Public Facilities District that oversees the ballpark had agreed in May on terms for a potential 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium, which expires at the end of this year. But the deal is contingent on the county council approving Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to send $180 million in hotel and motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.
The council had its first opportunity to publicly vet the plan Monday ahead of a committee vote that could happen as soon as Aug. 29 — and a full council vote in September.
Stubbs & Wootton Burgundy Women's Velvet Horse Bit Embroidery Mules/Slides,The council framed the issue largely as a choice between giving the money toward the stadium or using it to build affordable housing. Under state law, 75 percent of the lodging tax revenues in question will go toward housing and the arts — split evenly between the two categories — and the remaining 25 percent can go toward promoting tourism, such as the Mariners’ ballpark, or something else such as housing.
Most Read Sports Stories
- 'An amazing opportunity for Seattle': NHL group touts Northgate practice facility as asset for area VIEW
- Sockeyes or Totems? Announcing the winner of our (unofficial) tournament to name Seattle's NHL team VIEW
- The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what he got right and wrong about Seahawks vs. Rams
- Q&A with Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake: 'We know the bull’s-eye’s on us' WATCH
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
Ivanka Trump Pink Emalyn Ankle Strap Dress Sandals Medium Patent U Pumps,Pour La Victoire Beige Maura Strappy Dress Sandals - Cream PumpsSalvatore Ferragamo Burgundy Susi Patch Suede PumpsLauren Ralph Lauren Red Heels Mules/Slides,Stella McCartney Chinese Laque 8027361570 Pumps,Alice + Olivia Violet High Pumps,ALDO Black & Nude New --- Two Tone Slip On Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Black Crocodile Pointy and Sling Pumps,Charlie 1 Horse by Lucchese Brown with Pink Mules/Slides,Prada White Signature Two Tone Sexy Open Toe Patent Leather 36 Pumps,Donald J. Pliner Silver Pewter Antique Slingback Pumps,Jimmy Choo Nude 114 Paisley - Pat 102 Nude-size 38 Mules/Slides,Prada Pointed Color Block D'orsay Heels Pumps,Tory Burch Black Elizabeth 240mm Pumps,Alexander Wang Black Lovisa Leather D'orsay Pumps,Via Spiga Black Pebbled Leather Loafer Heels Pumps,REPORT Blue Toe Back Strap Mules/Slides,Valentino Poudre New Garavani Tonal Rockstud Point Toe Heels 37 Pumps,Cole Haan Dk Brown Nike Air Patent Leather Elastic Wedge Slip-on Mules/Slides,Nike Light Blue / White New Women Dunk-low-pro Woman Sneakers,Nike Grey/Hot Lava Run Tr Connect 2 SneakersGiuseppe Zanotti Black Studded Leather Mules/SlidesChristian Louboutin Teal Iriza 45 Leather Kitten Heels Pumps,Dansko Black Clog Xp Embossed Leather Mules/SlidesSergio Rossi Black Leaf Slide Leather Pumps,Dolce&Gabbana Beige Canvas & Brown Leather Heels Pumps,Ann Taylor Snake Print Leather Kittens Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Black Leather Camilla Mules/Slides,Vans Blue Men's For J.crew Sk8-hi Sneakers In Suede In Sneakers,Manolo Blahnik Brn/Blk D Orsay Pumps,
he meeting featured an hour and a half of comments from an overflow crowd that exceeded 50 people, mostly housing advocates and others opposing the stadium financing plan. They carried signs reading “homes over home runs.”
But the most heated part of the meeting came when council member Dave Upthegrove, who is leading the charge against the stadium financing, got a chance to question Mariners executive Fred Rivera.
Upthegrove noted the value of the Mariners, now estimated at $1.45 billion by Forbes, has grown by $1 billion in the past seven years.Ralph Lauren White Alligator Vintage Mules/Slides,
Roger Vivier Black Belle Trompette Pumps,“Given that, why couldn’t (the Mariners) fund these upgrades rather than drain public resources?” Upthegrove said to uproarious applause from the crowd, some of whom noted the team’s majority owner, John Stanton, has a net worth valued over $1 billion.
Salvatore Ferragamo Black Suede Ds 22897 K71 Pumps,Rivera, the team’s legal counsel and an executive vice president, pushed back, noting that the Mariners were eyeing over $800 million in stadium fixes and upgrades over the 25-year lease and that the team would be paying for the vast majority of it. He said the stadium is a publicly owned facility and added that the Public Facilities District, with board members appointed by the county and state, had agreed to the public-funding request.Dolce&Gabbana Black Dolce and Gabana Pumps,
He also pointed to the team’s positive impact on the local economy and tax base. And he implied the club’s revenues could take a hit in future years as part of the general concern in baseball that fewer fans are attending games.Christian Louboutin Black New Simple Pumps,
The Mariners say the $180 million in public funding would go toward necessary fixes to the stadium’s roof, electrical system and other nuts and bolts of the park. The team also plans to fund some $180 million worth of upgrades, including new clubs, concessions and kids areas.Nike Berry Air Max Lunar Sneakers,
Councilman Rob Dembowski also seemed skeptical of the Mariners funding plan and asked pointed questions at the meeting.
But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Salvatore Ferragamo Black & Brown Low Pumps,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Donald J. Pliner "Missy" black nappa leather mules. Pointed toe. Silver toggles on upper. Small 1.5" heel. Leather sole and insole. Rubber bottoms. New once! Only signs of wear are on the soles.
“For me it doesn’t have to be an either/or, mutually exclusive situation (to fund Safeco vs. housing),” she said.
Von Reichbauer noted that local officials had to battle to make sure the Mariners didn’t move away before Safeco Field was built and added that he didn’t want another “nose-to-nose battle.” He said he wanted to “publicly thank the Seattle Mariners for providing” what he said was one of the the last family friendly destinations in the region and brought up the MLB attendance decline multiple times.Badgley Mischka Purple Peep-toe Stiletto Pumps,
“Burberry Red Patent Leather Slingback Heels Pewter Logo 37.5 New Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Nike Air Force Ones - Mid Sneakers,Council President Joe McDermott, along with von Reichbauer and Kohl-Welles, had previously co-sponsored the general resolution on spending the lodging tax funds — the plan that includes the ballpark funding. Other council members in attendance asked mostly neutral questions at Monday’s meeting.
The Mariners have said if the county rejects the funding, it would sign a short-term lease to stay at Safeco for up to five years, then go back to the drawing board to negotiate a long-term lease.
The $517 million ballpark, which opened in 1999, was funded largely by taxpayers.Dansko Black with Silver Swirls Mules/Slides,
Sol Sana Chestnut Mavin Brown Suede Fringe Ankle Wrap Pumps,Badgley Mischka Bride Navy Blue Candance Embellished D'orsay Pumps,Saint Laurent Black Tribute - Pumps,J.Crew Navy Tweed Loafer G8230 Mules/Slides,Bettye Muller Orange Peach Leather Kitten Heel Sandals 41/10 Mules/Slides,Tory Burch Brown Leather Brayden Mules/SlidesNaturalizer Silverish/Gray M Leather Very Good Condition Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Dark Brown Ew92837 Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Black Crystal Flower Sling PumpsTabitha Simmons Black Suede Pointy W/ Scalloped Edges - PumpsSaint Laurent Black Ysl Leather Opium Monogramme PumpsAsics Gray and Pink Platinum Gel Respector Sneakers,Cole Haan Beige White Nike Air Mules/Slides,Prada Black Patent Kitten Heel Pumps,Prada Navy New Suede Bow Low-heel Pumps,Adrianna Papell Black Andie Rhinestone Cross Strap Sandals Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Gold 'ashli' Tweed/Nude Leather Pointy - Pumps,Prada Black Almond Toe Mary Jane Shiny Leather Pumps,adidas By Stella McCartney Sonic Sneakers Sneakers,Matisse White Judith Kate Bosworth Mules/SlidesValentino Black Garavani Round Toe Leather Low Pumps,Prada Black Patent Leather Bow Med Pumps,Ann Taylor Aubergine Perfect Pump/Burgundy Round Toe Patent Heels PumpsIvanka Trump Medium Brown Leather Sophia PumpsDries van Noten Gold Crackled PumpsAir Jordan Black / Dark Charcoal / White / / 467807 001 Sneakers,Miu Miu Brown Hippy Suede Wood Mules/Slides,swedish hasbeens Tan Sky High Mules/SlidesChristian Louboutin Leopard Culturella 70 Pony Jaguar/Kid Pumps,Vince Camuto Black and Cream with Silver Surprise Two Tone Soft Leather High Heel Pumps
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.